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River to River, the changing face of Bollywood, WASSEYPUR, in your face with a vengeance

by Alex Deleon for <filmfestivals.com>   Take that you bloody muthe$&£$%*er!   The main Indian features seen this year at Florence, "The Gangs of Wasseypur" and "Chittagong", are Bollywood productions in the sense that both are made in Hindi (rather than one of India's other 21 official languages) with professional Bombay performers and staff, but the content, style, and conception of these films seems t...

Bachchan fever at Indian fest in Florence


by Alex Deleon  for<filmfestivals.com>   Amitabh Bachchan accepting the key to the city of Florence as Selvaggia Velo looks on. PHOTO: BY FRANCESCA MANOLINO  

The appearance of 70 year old Indian Megastar Amitabh Bachchan at the River to River Festival of Indian Film in Florence gave rise to a feverish outpouring of adulation from local Indians while serving as an unoffical certification for this festival as the foremost showcase of Indian film in the West. In Ind...

Once Again

Director: SANJAY ARORA.
Story inspired from teachings of Buddha. Raj Malhotra, a self centered company executive, takes life for granted and uses situations and people around him to his advantage. But life takes an unexpected turn, forcing him to accept the reality and this paves the way to a journey of transformation

Top Bollywood director Yash Chopra "the king of romance" passes away at eighty

by Alex Farba-Deleon     The dean of Indian film directors, Yash Chopra, passed away on October 21 at the age of eighty. Yash Chopra was not just another Bollywood director --he was one of the world's top craftsman of the seventh art although he always crafted his films to suit the taste of the Indian audience, which is the main reason he remains practically unknown in the West.   In Asia where Bollywood films are far better known than here Chopra was honored ...

Amitabh Bachchan will be guest of honour at the 12th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, the iconic face of Indian cinema, will be the guest of honour at the 12th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival.   The 12th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival, the only festival in Italy entirely devoted to Indian cinema and directed by Selvaggia Velo, will take place at Cinema Odeon, in Florence, from 7th to 13th December, under the Patronage of the Embassy of India and the Italy-India association.   This is an extreme...

Interview with The New York Indian Film Festival executive director

Celebrating its 12th anniversary, the New York Indian Film Festival was the first festival  in the United States devoted to Indian films and has grown to be the  largest and most influential; helping to set up several other Indian Film festivals in the US. It is part of a comprehensive program in the arts offered by the New York based Indo-American Arts Council. As other specialty or niche festivals, the NYIFF has a unique programming profile devoted to features and documen...

Venice Festival opens with Mira Nair's Reluctant Fundamentalist

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the new film directed by Mira Nair, will be the opening film at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (29 August – 8 September 2012), directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by la Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher and presented by Doha Film Institute. Based on the best-selling novel of the same title, translated into 25 languages, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a...

One Day After Peace

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Director: Erez Laufer & Miri Laufer.
Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? As someone who experienced both conflicts firsthand, Robi Damelin wonders about this. Born in South Africa during the apartheid era, she later lost her son, who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories. At first she attempted to initiate a dialogue with the Palestinian who killed her child. When her overtures were rejected, she embarked on a journey back to South Africa to learn more about the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee in overcoming years of enmity. Robi’s thought-provoking journey leads from a place of deep personal pain to a belief that a better future is possible.

Venice Festival to open with Mira Nair's Reluctant Fundamentalist

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the new film directed by Mira Nair, will be the opening film at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (29 August – 8 September 2012), directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by la Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher and presented by Doha Film Institute. Based on the best-selling novel of the same title, translated into 25 languages, The Reluctant Fundamentalist  is a riv...

World Premiere of 'Prague' at the 12th Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival

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Rohit Khaitan's- 'PRAGUE' directed by debutant Ashish Shukla opens for the world premiere at 12th Osian's Cinefan Film Festival (27th July- 5th Aug, 2012) Competiton section. Having worked on sets for many years as an assistant director and creative producer at a leading film studio in India, full-time producer Rohit Khaitan identifies with all aspects of filmmaking from the creative to the business- from the story’s inception to the scripting, technical, finance, economics of its...

2012 Tribeca Film Festival Circuit Coverage

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By Maria Esteves – June 26, 2012 The 11th Annual 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF 2012) presented by founding partner American Express commenced April 18 - 29, 2012 in New York. This year’s festival showcased 106 features, 60 shorts, and 88 premieres including panel discussions, special events, online screenings, real time video streaming, free events (Tribeca Drive-In, Family Festival Street Fair, Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day, Tribeca Soccer Day), filmmakers, and industry parties. The opening ...

MISS LOVELY (2012) in Un Certain Regard at 65th Cannes. An Interview.

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  India’s alternative film MISS LOVELY (2012) screened at the 65th Cannes Film Festival in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ official selection. The film’s director Ashim Ahluwalia with actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anil George and Niharika Singh attended screenings and held interviews. Read interview below with MISS LOVELY cast members Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Anil George:     ME: Was it difficult to land this role or had the director written it for you? N...

MISS LOVELY (2012) in Un Certain Regard at 65th Cannes. An Interview.

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  India’s alternative film MISS LOVELY (2012) screened at the 65th Cannes Film Festival in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ official selection. The film’s director Ashim Ahluwalia with actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anil George and Niharika Singh attended screenings and held interviews. Read interview below with MISS LOVELY cast members Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Anil George: ME: Was it difficult to land this role or had the director written it for you? Nawazuddin: I did a movie...

'Prague' comes to Cannes!

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    PRAGUE – ‘Men live in cities. Cities live in men too.’ This year Bombay filmmakers currently under post production with their feature film ‘PRAGUE’ (2012) are on a journey to visit the 65th Cannes Film Festival for this purple 'Prague' film’s first press bomb and their home production short titled-LEHENGA (The Skirt) being showcased at Short film corner. This East (India) meets West (Czech Republic) story is a far cry from previous Indian/West hybrids of...

Contribute To KASHISH 2012

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For Personal Contributions:  http://www.wishberry.in/EVERYONE-can-contribute-to-KASHISH-Personal-13359 For Corporate Contributions:  http://www.wishberry.in/EVERYONE-can-contribute-to-KASHISH-Corporate-13358 For Dollar contributions : http://www.solarispictures.com/supporters2012.htm KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is looking for financial contributions.  For two years, we have entertained while trying to mainstream queer identities through the medium...

The Five-Year Engagement will open the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

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Comedy from Forgetting Sarah Marshall Creative Team Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller and Producer Judd Apatow to Kick Off 11th  Edition of TFF on April 18 The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) and Universal Pictures  announced that The Five-Year Engagement will open the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express. Director/writer/producer Nicholas Stoller and writer/star Jason Segel of Forgetting Sarah Marshall reteam for the irreverent comedy, which also stars Emily Blunt, Rh...

Hong Kong FILMART 2012

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  The Hong Kong FILMART 2012 took place in the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, Hong Kong from 19 - 22 March. The market's main focus is geared to focusing on Hong Kong as a crucial center for buying and selling of films and TV. The overall feeling of this year's market outcome was very positive. Producers, sellers and buyers from all over the world attended the Filmart and most were pleasantly surprised by their success at Hong Kong’s young but rapidly growing in...

KASHISH 2012 needs EVERYONE to contribute

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Even as the Supreme Court is preparing its verdict on Sec377, KASHISH, your favourite LGBTQ festival that mainstreams queer issues through cinema, will be back for its third year very soon. With no government support and corporate sponsorship in India still difficult to come by, we rely heavily on support from individuals and organizations to make the festival happen. You can support the LGBTQ cause in India in your own big or small way! And we have some exclusive incentives to show our g...

2012 Tribeca Drive-In, Family Festival Street Fair announced

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  The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by Founding Sponsor American Express, today announced the return of its signature free community events: the Tribeca Drive-In (April 19-21), Family Festival Street Fair (April 28), Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day (April 28) and the second annual Tribeca/NYFEST Soccer Day (April 21).   The Festival also announced the three film titles that will be screened at the Tribeca Drive-In, co-sponsored by JetBlue and Time Warner Cable, hosted b...

Indian fest of La program announced

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With what promises to be its most ambitious slate yet, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (http://indianfilmfestival.org) has announced its impressive 2012 lineup. 33 features, documentaries, and short films will be screened from filmmakers throughout the world including Canada, Italy, India, Germany, South Africa, UK, and the U.S. Among the offerings are three world premieres, nine U.S. premieres and twelve Los Angeles premieres. This is a banner year for the festival as it celebrates its ...

Non-Bollywood Indian Film, "PRASAD" Preemed at Market in Berlin

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by Alex Deleon-Sinha Although little known ourtside of the Indian Sub-Continent itself there are several so-called "regional" film industries in India  each of which produces as many or more feature films a year in the regional languages as are produced in the Hindi mainstream industry of Bombay (Whence the brand name known to the world as "Bolly-wood"). Of course, Bombay has now been officially rechristened Mumbai, but this doesn't change anything cinematically ...

2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Video Announcement

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The Spirit Awards celebrates artist-driven filmmaking and recognizes the finest achievements of today’s independent filmmakers.                                     2012 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED - $115,000 in grants to be awarded to filmmakers - LOS ANGELES (Novembe...

Bollywood godfather to screen at Berlin

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By Alex Deleon For the second time in three years a major Bollywood "blockbuster" starring top Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) will have a high profile opening at Berlin.  The title of the new film is "DON 2, The King is Back", and is directed by star director Farhan Akhtar. In 2012 Mr. Khan was here for the world's premier of "My Name Khan" --a combination political film and love strory set in the USA. The subject of that one was actually anti-Isla...

2nd Call for Film Submissions for KASHISH 2012

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KASHISH 2012 previews starting soon. If you haven’t still submitted your film, rush it to us asap.   India’s Biggest Queer Film Festival returns for its third edition in 2012. KASHISH 2012 will be held from May 23-27, 2012 at a mainstream multiplex theater in suburban Mumbai and at Alliance Francaise de Bombay in South Mumbai. KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first and only gay & lesbian film festival in India to be held in a mainstream...

The River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival opens 11th edition

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  The River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival hosts a focus on Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore, with screenings and talks, plus films in competition and special sections.   The River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, directed by Selvaggia Velo, had its first edition in Florence in 2001 as the world's first festival entirely devoted to films from and about India: a mirror on the culture of an ever-growing, ever-changing subcontinent. ...
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